IRIScan Book 5 document and book scanner review

A handheld book scanner lets you save documents on the go

IRIScan Book 5 over a wooden desk
(Image: © Paul Hatton / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The IRIScan Book 5 scanner is one of the best wand style scanners on the market at the moment. Being able to save scans to a microSD card means you don't even need a computer to do the scanning. Scans are captured at a high resolution, up to 1200 dpi, and color replication is accurate enough. It is also possible to digitize text, down to 8 pt, thanks to OCR functionality. Operating the device to get the best results takes a little bit of practice, but the lightweight design and guide rollers help to make this process as simple as possible. The battery life is where the Book 5 begins to struggle with the loss of charge being a regular occurence. I ended up choosing to keep it connected to my laptop during scanning, which although far from ideal, did give me the confidence that it wasn't going to cut out.


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    Light and portable

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    Scans directly to MicroSD

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    iOS and Android app


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    Unchanged for a number of years

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    Compulsory to register for software

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    Not Mac compatible

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The IRIScan Book 5 has an impressive set of specs for a wand style scanner. At 1200 dpi, you'll have no trouble scanning documents to an incredibly high resolution. Scanned files can also be printed to a blown up size thanks to the dpi. One of the biggest benefits of this scanner is that you can scan without needing a computer, thanks to the microSD functionality. It is also possible to scan to JPEG, PDF, and multi-page PDF.

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Scan AreaA4/Letter
Speed4 sec / page high resolution color
Max Resolution1200ppi
Live ViewNo
ConnectivityUSB (+ Wifi with IRIScan Book 5 Wifi)
Size259 x 56 x 38 mm

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.